Electronics Principles - Theory and Practice


The course introduces:

1) The first basic principles of electronics with a focus on analogue systems and the ‘analogue’ aspects of digital systems. An understanding of circuits at the device level is crucial to using and testing IC’s and circuit sub-systems effectively, and in enabling their interconnection and interface, through sensors and actuators, to the outside world. Course material is chosen to give insight into these interfacing issues and to the problems of measurement and test.

2) The practical use of electronic measurement and test equipment and its application. The emphasis is on practical laboratory usage with hands-on laboratory work to gain familiarisation with instruments such as digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, signal generators and spectrum analysers

The essence of this course is a practical understanding based on simple laws, rules of thumb, ‘back of the envelope’ calculations (virtually no mathematics) and some tricks of the trade.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone whose work brings them into contact with electronic products/systems or necessitates the use of electronic equipment such as non-electronic engineers & technicians, software engineers, technical managers and scientists. Please note that some knowledge of basic electronics is assumed. This is NOT a complete beginners course. If you are unsure whether the course would be suitable for you please send us an email with details of your background and we will be happy to advise you.


Introductory electronics assuming little prior knowledge of electronic hardware. It will be assumed that attendees will have a background (school level) in mathematics and physics as well as technical training or experience in a related discipline at a higher level. Attendees should bring a calculator and notebook. It is expected that attendees will make notes to supplement the course material provided by the lecturers.


The course is broad ranging and includes basic physical principles, circuit analysis, devices, transistor amplifiers, logic gates and op-amps. Other topics covered are noise sources and interference, measurement and instrumentation, signal transmission and spectra. The course includes two half-day practical hands-on laboratory sessions including familiarisation of instruments followed by practical implementation – putting theory into practice!.

Reading List

Horowitz P & Hill W, ‘The Art of Electronics’ – 2nd Edition   

Cambridge University Press,             

0 521 37095 7 (1989)
Storey N ‘Electrical & Electronic Systems’, Pearson Prentice Hall 3rd Edition 0-13-129396-6
Floyd T L ‘Electronics Fundamentals’ – 6 th Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall    0 13 122884 6 (2004)
Warnes L ‘Analogue and Digital Electronics’, Macmillan Press        0 333 65820 5 (1998)
Smith R J & Dorf R C ‘Circuits Devices and Systems’ – 5 th Edition, Wiley    0 471 55221 6 (1992)
Bolton W ‘Measurement and Instrumentation Systems’, Newnes      0 7506 3114 7 (1996)

Ott H W ‘Noise Reduction Techniques in Electronic Systems’

– 2 nd Edition, Wiley               

0 471 85068 3 (1988)
Putten A F P ‘Electronic Measurement Systems’, Prentice Hall        0 13 251893 7 (1988)
Doebelin E O ‘Measurement Systems’ – 4 th Edition, McGraw-Hill      0 07 017338 9 (1990)

Timetable - the order of this might change.

Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Registration and Introduction

Dr Neil Emerson


Lecture 1

Basic Physical Principles

Dr Kevin Wells

Lecture 5

Diodes & Transistors

Dr Neil Emerson

Lecture 10

Measurement & Instruments

Dr Neil Emerson


Lecture 2

DC Circuit Analysis

Dr Kevin Wells

Lecture 6

FETs & Gates

Dr Neil Emerson

Lecture 11


Dr Roger Seebold


Lecture 3

AC Circuit Analysis

Dr Roger Seebold

Lecture 7

Operational Amplifiers

Dr Kevin Wells

Lecture 12

Transmission Lines

Dr Roger Seebold




Lecture 4


Dr Roger Seebold

Lecture 8

Instrumentation & Data Acquisition

Dr Kevin Wells

Laboratory Session 3

Interference, Transmission Lines, Spectra

All lecturers

14:30-14:45 TEA TEA TEA

Laboratory Session 1

Use of Instruments

All lecturers

Lecture 9

Noise Sources & Interference

Dr Neil Emerson

Laboratory Session 2

Interference, Transmission Lines, Spectra

All lecturers


Laboratory Session 1

Use of Instruments

All lecturers

Laboratory Session 2

Op-Amps & Circuits

All lecturers

Laboratory Session 3

Interference, Transmission Lines, Spectra

All lecturers

Session 1 (2 hours)

Expt. 1 Use of Instruments

Session 2 (1.5 hours)

Expt. 2 Op-Amps and Circuits

Session 3 (3.5 hours)

Expt. 3 Interference

Expt. 4 Spectra

Expt. 5 Transmission Lines

1. Each experiment is designed to take approximately 2 hours

2. Delegates should do experiments 1 and 2 and then choose to do at least one experiment from 3, 4 and 5.

3. You will need to bring a notebook and calculator.




Price per person, including lunch, refreshments and printed course notes For IET Members (proof of membership needed)

Group discounts available for registrations of 3 or more delegates from one company – please telephone Barbara Steel, CE Manager, on 01483 686040 for further information. VAT is not charged as the University is an educational establishment.

Credit Card Payments.

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Unfortunately on-site accommodation is not available on this course at present. This situation might change nearer the time of the course. Details of accommodation in the local area can be found on our website


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